Kristin Klopfenstein, Ph.D., is the founding executive director of UNC's Education Innovation Institute. The institute's mission is to connect researchers, policymakers and educators to improve education in Colorado and beyond. Prior to joining EII, Klopfenstein was the interim director of Texas Schools Project at The University of Texas at Dallas. There she conducted and managed education policy research and evaluation using administrative, individual-level longitudinal education data. Additionally, Klopfenstein spent 10 years in the classroom as an associate professor at Texas Christian University where she taught courses on the economics of education, labor economics and econometrics (the application of statistics to economic problems, such as education).
Co-author of "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program," a book published by Harvard Education Press that provides a comprehensive review of the Advanced Placement program.
Klopfenstein’s research interests focus on examining factors that influence low-income, rural, black and Hispanic students’ preparation for college and the workforce.
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